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Environmental Justice

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires all recipients of federal funds to demonstrate how they have ensured their actions do not discriminate against minorities and low income populations. This process is known as Environmental Justice (EJ) and is part of the environmental documentation completed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The information provided on this page is designed for a technical audience. WSDOT policy is described in Chapter 458 of the Environmental Manual.

If your project involves tolling, please contact Carol Lee Roalkvam, WSDOT Policy Branch Manager, to determine the appropriate action.

This web page provides guidance about:

Collecting and Using Demographic Data

The EJScreen website, formerly called EJView, was developed and maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey to calculate demographic data through a geospatial map interface. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has agreed that reports generated using this website are sufficient demographic documentation for CE level projects. Additional data may be needed for EA and EIS level projects.

FHWA requires verification of demographic data because the U.S. Census data is only collected every ten years. The preferred secondary data source is school demographic data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website.

Using Demographic Data Reports

The EJ Analysis Process

All EJ discipline reports must be coordinated through the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). Work with the HQ NEPA Lead to ensure OEO is included with EJ Methodology and Discipline Report reviews.

Additional Guidance and Information